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The main university league tables in the UK are:
You can also purchase guidebooks such as the Good University Guide 2024, which provide a comprehensive guide and overview of all universities in the UK and are similar in format to the FISKE guide.

UK University league tables

When researching the right UK university, it is vital that you have access to as much information as possible. Below we have provided useful links you can utilize to help you make an informed choice and select the perfect UK University for you! These include both international and national rankings as well as broader information you may wish to consider.

The following International rankings will help you research prestigious institutions around the world:

Other useful tools

Other forms of assessment are used for universities that should also be considered including:
Bodleian Old Library University of Oxford, Broad Street, Oxford
The Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)
assesses the teaching quality, learning environment and student outcomes. Universities are awarded either Gold, Silver or Bronze.
The Research Excellence Framework (REF)
is the UK’s system for assessing the excellence of research, across all disciplines. Assessment is based on the quality of outputs (publications,
This is the official website for comparing UK higher education program (course) data.
Other popular comparison websites providing useful resources for students.
Study UK
Dest. of Leavers from Higher Ed.
University housing


UKCISA is the UK Council for International Student Affairs and is highly recommended for international students. As the UK’s national advisory body supporting international students and those who work with them, they provide advice, guidance and information about all aspects of the international student experience, from immigration and fees to mental health, culture shock and orientation. A very useful page on study and assessment methods in the UK can be found here: Studying in the UK, how does it differ from home?
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Study UK

The Study UK website is administered by the British council and is a resource hub for international students interested in studying in the UK.
High & timely completion rates

Destination of Leavers from Higher Education

(DLHE) survey collects information on the activities of students, six months after graduation.


Prospects is the UK’s biggest graduate careers website with more than 2.3 million monthly browsers.
UK College Admissions provides you with everything you need to know through a series of 25+ training videos, designed specifically for a US audience. We share our extensive knowledge & experience to offer you a comprehensive information source, that is clear and easy to understand.
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Christine A Kelly, College Counselor

I've worked with Gary and Lydia for several years, and have found their knowledge, and expertise invaluable as I navigate the international university admission process from the USA.  I admire their sincere drive to help students find and enter the university of their choice and appreciate their consistent availability to provide that expertise in a friendly, easy to understand manner.  I'm very excited about this website!

Joanna C. Tudge, University Counselor

I have had the pleasure of working with Gary and Lydia for over ten years and they have been a tremendous resource for myself and our students and families who are interested in applying to the UK.  Not only have they been amazing advocates for their own institutions, but they have a broad and detailed knowledge of universities and programmes across the UK and have frequently shared their network of contacts with me to help students find the perfect fit.  I cannot praise them enough.

Jamie M Rueger, College Counselor

I have not only had the opportunity to work with Gary and Lydia, but also have been able to meet them personally. They are very knowledgeable and helpful in guiding students, parents and counselors through the process of applying through UCAS. I knew next to nothing about directing students through this process and their expertise has been invaluable to me.

Letitia Peterson, Director of College Counselling

As a college counselor in the U.S., I often need some details about the UCAS process for my students who are applying to universities in the UK. Lydia and Gary are very well-informed and responsive if I have any questions or need direction to the appropriate resources. Their combined years of experience with applicants from the U.S. is important, since many families here are unfamiliar with UCAS.  On a personal level, it is a pleasure to work with both of them, and I highly recommend their services.

Claire Shepro, College Counselor

Gary and Lydia have been a great resource for both me and my students. They are extremely knowledgeable not only about UK admissions, but about how to "translate" the process so it makes sense to American applicants! My students who have worked with them have really appreciated the time and care they have taken to respond to their inquiries.

Sherrie Tasnady, Guidance Counselor

Both Gary and Lydia understand the questions that international students have and are able to balance their knowledge with the human touch. Their experience of hosting college counselors in the UK make them brilliant guides through the university search and application process and they have the unique ability to look beyond the buildings and programs of study to bring to life the many dimensions of university life.  This site will provide all you need to navigate the promising world of the UK educational landscape. 

Danny Reynolds, Associate Head for External Relations

I have worked with Gary and Lydia for several years assisting our families in Miami to understand the application process to U.K. universities. Applying via UCAS is so different than applying via the Common Application, especially with the difference in writing the personal statement, but their guidance has alleviated the stressful application process for my students. Anything I was unsure about as a counselor, a quick email to Gary or Lydia would answer my questions. Their guidance has helped me feel more confident about recommending UK universities to my students. Our applications to the U.K. have increased each year.

Tiffani Hooper - Co-Director of College Counseling

Gary and Lydia have years of experience explaining the U.K. university and application system to American students. They are informative, relatable, and an invaluable resource to students applying to universities in U.K. I value them as colleagues and respect their professional expertise.
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